Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

Abstract Painting Process-Part 2

In Part 2 of this continuing series I put my paint on the palette and mix the colors that I will be using in the painting.

In Part 1, I selected a color combination from the color wheel to use for the painting. For this piece I will be using an Analogous color combination (4 colors adjacent on the color wheel) of red-violet, red, red-orange and orange. Red-violet will act as my dominant color, giving the finished piece a cool, red-violet chromatic dominance. Red (cool red) will be my non-dominant color. Red-orange and orange will be used only at my centers of interest to really make them pop.

The painting I will demonstrate is part of a series entitled “Dusk to Dawn.” I am using this color combination to create the feeling of warm light against the cool, dark colors of dawn and dusk. I will be using for my red a cool red (Quinacridone Magenta) so that the color contrast is the warmest two colors playing against the coolest two colors.

The colors I am using for this painting are: Hansa Yellow Light, Pyrolle Orange, Fluorescent Magenta, Quinacridone Magenta, Light Violet, Cobalt Violet, Dioxazine Purple and Titanium White. For this painting I have kept the color palette very simple and I am using colors mostly right out of the jar as opposed to mixing lots of colors.

Color Mixtures: I am using very little mixing here, but I did add Hansa Yellow and Titanium White to the Pyrolle Orange. I also added Quinacridone Magenta to the Light Violet to turn it from a neutral violet color to a red-violet. I also added Quinacridone Magenta to the Dioxazine Purple to change it to a red-violet. I then mixed a little Titanium White to all of the colors to remind myself to use lighter values of each in the painting.

(You can Click Here to purchase my "Simple Color System" Color Wheel that I use for my color selections).

If you'd like to learn to more about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2018 and 2019 workshops HERE)

  • October 19-21 Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope, AL. For more information and registration Click Here. SOLD OUT

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  • January 25-27, 2019 Daytona Art League, Daytona Beach, FL. SOLD OUT

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  • March 5-8 Cultural Arts Alliance, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For information and registration contact Bonnie Loman. Email: pghsteeler1@icloud.com.

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